Need some help (American car, no muscle)

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  1. Synner

    Synner New Member

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    It's an '88 Escort GT. I was driving home from work the other day, taking it REALLY easy (loose alternator belt, didn't want to trash something, found that if I took off slowly it didn't squeak, but if I drove hard the belt slipped)....came up to a stop sign, the car died and coasted to a stop. Lights, stereo, etc. still worked, so it's not a battery issue. Tried to start the car back up, the starter relay clicks once, then nothing. My dad came out, we push started it, it drove fine all the way home. Shut it off in the driveway, turned the key over, same thing. One click, nothing else.

    Everybody's saying the starter's locked up, but isn't there usually some sort of noise to let you know it's about dead? This thing turned over fine, fired right up every time, up until it completely stopped. There's a bracket on the starter, and the bolt's backed itself out about half an inch, but the Haynes manual says it's a support brace, so I'd think it would still be secure in there, even with the brace like that....what options do I have here? Ignition switch, starter motor....what else?
     
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    you could trash the car :0 and get another more reliable pos. hehehehe
     
  3. Synner

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    No, I can't. It's my fiance's car. She "loves her baby..." I kick it every time I open the door.
     
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    It shouldn't be the starter if the car died while it was already running. I'd recheck battery connections and stuff like that. Do the wires or anything under/behind the fuse box have any corosion on them?
     
  5. Synner

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    No corrosion, terminals are tight, it's just seemingly random. And it didn't stall and die quickly, it just eased down as I was approaching a stop sign. Pushed it, it started right up with no problem at all and took off. Not sure what caused that, but the problem now appears to be the starter, possibly the ignition switch....even though it's 1130 pm, I'm gonna go outside and check the starter. If I don't come back, I'm hospitalized
     
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    Ok, it's the ignition switch. Grounded the pole on the starter, didn't do anything (didn't think it would, but had to try). Crossed the poles on the solenoid, it fired right up. Shut it off, turned the key over, nothing.

    EDIT: I'm an idiot. I was thinking ignition switch because that was everyone else's problem, and these are known to be faulty....starter solenoid was the problem. Ran to autozone today, picked up a new one.....the fucking stud for the battery cable broke off. 2nd one of the day is on the way home now.
     
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    Did you put in a new tensioner while you were at it?
     
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    you dont get a new tensioner for the altentor belt, just loosen the hinge, pull it back and tighten it.
     

  9. thats what I was going to say, after a loose connection. My truck used to kill solenoid all the time. It would heat up and it would just click, the first 2-3 times it would work after cooling off but after that it was done
     
  10. ejawodo

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    So the 88 doesnt run a serpentine belt?
     

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